North and South
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Set in Victorian England, North and South is the story of Margaret Hale, a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her family relocates to northern England. As an outsider from the agricultural south, Margaret is initially shocked by the aggressive northerners of the dirty, smoky industrial town of Milton. But as she adapts to her new home, she defies social conventions with her ready sympathy and defense of the working poor. Her passionate advocacy leads her to repeatedly clash with charismatic mill owner John Thornton over his treatment of his workers. While Margaret denies her growing attraction to him, Thornton agonizes over his foolish passion for her, in spite of their heated disagreements. As tensions mount between them, a violent unionization strike explodes in Milton, leaving everyone to deal with the aftermath in the town and in their personal lives.Elizabeth Gaskell serialized North and South between September 1854 and January 1855 in Charles Dickens’s magazine Household Words. Upon its publication, Gaskell established herself as a novelist capable of serious discourse on social responsibility and advocacy for change in defiance of established authority.
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Subject: I like the readers, If the rest of you don't.....
This female collaborative was superb. This male is grateful for your fine work readers.
QUITE FRANKLY YOU "REVIEWERS" WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT SUCH TRIVIAL AND PETTY THINGS as quality of recording or readers which do not live up to your high and lofty standards(who volunteer their time for free), I find disgraceful.
Reviewers who have at least some dignity and intelligence restrict their reviews to the content,style,which characters they like or dislike,critique of author,and so on, of the book,play, poetry etc.
btw, I am a male, I am not a librivox reader, have no vested interest in librivox or IA, I am not staff, et al. But I am eternally grateful for this wonderful free service they provide. Due to my condition and physical suffering in reading a book, these free audiobooks and other non text media, are a godsend.
a bit on the book: it is so extremely sad and emotional so far, it is hard to listen to more than a few chapters at a hearing. i hope the ending has some peace and justice. Mr. Thornton is not unlike hypocritical, survival of the fittest type of capitalists today(not all capitalists today are like this but they are sadly in the minority. In the late 19th century there were more socially conscious industrialists and capitalists then today. For example Sir George White in the UK who after many business successes started an airplane company late in his life at Filton. Sadly the great Filton airfield(in Briston metro area) is now closed and is taken over by predatory land developers. And Sir White really did come from working class beginnings.) Mr. Thornton never came from the under class as he proclaims. The "horatio alger" myth
american(end the US empire and restore the republic)
Subject: Missed out on a third of the book..
in remedial reading! However, the readers who were able to read carefully, and thoughtfully, were very much appreciated!!
Subject: Some unbearable chapters
Perhaps the other version is better.
Subject: Great book, mixed bag of readers
Librivox has two collaborative versions of North and South posted. This is the original, and contains many excellent readings - it's particularly fascinating to listen to the variety of British accents. But several chapters were so poorly done that I couldn't wait for them to finish. All in all, I would choose to listen to the second Librivox version.
Subject: An Agreeable Surprise.
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